Anxious to identify the next trend in luxury cars, Infiniti presented the Kuraza sport/utility concept. Designer Koji Nagano emphasized comfortable space over multiple cupholders and individual video screens, with three rows of buckets separated by a "flying bridge" console running from front to back. The seats echo the shape of a traditional Japanese kimono, while classic Chris Craft speedboats inspired the wood floor. The Kuraza has six doors - the rear two with hidden handles and rear hinges, like an extended cab pickup truck - so aging baby boomers don't have to crawl over flip-fold seats to get in back. The Kuraza looks like a very large FX45 with a greenhouse reminiscent of the Renault Avantime, a very squared-off, spacious glass and top contrasting with the swoopy lower sheetmetal. Bottom line is that the Infiniti Kuraza is a high-concept multipurpose vehicle with several nifty ideas that will resonate with aging cold war-era kids.





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